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Relationship between urban development patterns and noise complaints in England

Tong, H; Kang, J; (2020) Relationship between urban development patterns and noise complaints in England. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 10.1177/2399808320930247. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The role of urban planning in sound environments has recently received increased research attention. This study aims to examine the relationship between the rate of noise complaints and urban development patterns concerning planning and landscape at city/region level. Open-source government data sets are used for statistical analysis across all district and unitary local authorities in England. The indicators for urban development patterns are categorised into six groups: population, industrial structure, built-up area, transport network, commuting, and natural landscape factors. Our research found that noise complaints tend to be higher in service-dominated cities/regions with high population densities; large and uneven cities/regions also tend to have more noise complaints, as do clustered cities/regions. However, dispersed, fragmented, and/or cities/regions having ragged boundaries are likely to have less noise complaints. These findings were confirmed by analysis of transport networks and commuting factors. Finally, cities/regions with more natural landscapes and greater separation of residences from workplaces also have fewer noise complaints.

Type: Article
Title: Relationship between urban development patterns and noise complaints in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/2399808320930247
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/2399808320930247
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Noise complaint, population, industrial structure, built-up area, transport network, natural landscape
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104686
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